One of the most popular features of Watchful is the ability to apply updates for both Joomla and Joomla add-ons with a single click from your dashboard.
This is currently possible for websites running Joomla 2.5 and greater.
Today we are proud to announce that Watchful now supports remote updates for the millions of Joomla websites that cannot or will not be upgraded to modern versions of the CMS.
About 50% of all Joomla users are still using Joomla 1.5 which lacks the “Joomla update” feature found in Joomla 2.5 and later versions.
That’s about 14,000,000 websites running end-of-life software.
Of course we recommend that these websites migrate to more recent, more secure versions.
But in reality, many, perhaps most of these sites will never be upgraded and require long term support.
The first step in helping Joomla 1.5 users protect their sites via Watchful is to provide a reliable way to install software.
The Remote Installer we launched last December was an obvious choice.
To activate this feature, you will need to manually install version 1.9.4 of the the Watchful Client from the backend of each of your Joomla 1.5 sites.
Now what? There aren’t any Joomla 1.5 software updates…
Once you’ve upgrade to the 1.9.4 Watchful Client, you can easily install software using the remote installer as you may already be doing for Joomla 2.5+.
And while there may not be regular releases for Joomla 1.5 add-ons, and there will never be any core updates for Joomla 1.5, there are still important updates you should be aware of and apply to all your sites.
For example, Akeeba Backup recently patched a security vulnerability for it’s Joomla 1.5 version (as well as all other Joomla versions).
We easily installed version 3.3.4 on all our Joomla 1.5 sites without issue.
Similarly, the Joomla 1.5 security patch released by Anything Digital patches a critical security issue and can easily be applied via the remote installer.
Future updates to the Watchful Client can be easily applied to all your Joomla 1.5 sites in a similar manner
What does the future hold
With Joomla 1.5 representing such a large sector of the community, we feel it is too important an issue to be ignored.
That’s why all the Watchful features — including popular features such as backups and uptime — have been available for Joomla 1.5 users since our very first day of operation.
With support for remote updates now available, we’ll be looking for feedback in the comments below on ways to better leverage the Watchful toolbox to manage, backup, update and protect your Joomla 1.5 websites.